This week 50 years ago – The biggest deckchair bargain in the country

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 April 2017

Winscombe WI Bulb Show. Looking at some of the blooms are Mesdames B.C.W. Heard (treasurer and secretary), P. Rendell (president) and G.C. Searle.

Winscombe WI Bulb Show. Looking at some of the blooms are Mesdames B.C.W. Heard (treasurer and secretary), P. Rendell (president) and G.C. Searle.

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House-building was on the agenda in Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago. Ideas for where homes could be built were included in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald. Here is the news from 1967.

Pupils of Mrs Ula J. Rigg and a tutorial group from Lancaster House School gave a concert of verse, prose and drama in aid of the Royal National Lifebaoat Institution.Pupils of Mrs Ula J. Rigg and a tutorial group from Lancaster House School gave a concert of verse, prose and drama in aid of the Royal National Lifebaoat Institution.

* Weston’s airfield was being lined up to one day be used for housing.

Malcolm Banham, of Weston, won the Festival Cup for singing at the Weston-super-Mare Junior Arts Festival.Malcolm Banham, of Weston, won the Festival Cup for singing at the Weston-super-Mare Junior Arts Festival.

The Ministry of Defence agreed the airfield could be included on a town development map, which hinted at how Weston may look in the future, although nothing was expected to change for some years.

Three under-sevens in national costume for Weston-super-Mare Junior Arts Festival: Susan Loveridge, Laraine Limbrick and Hilary Kingston.Three under-sevens in national costume for Weston-super-Mare Junior Arts Festival: Susan Loveridge, Laraine Limbrick and Hilary Kingston.

But the re-allocation of the land use meant the land might be used for housing in the future.

An architect's impression of the way in which The Maltings, Worle, is to be redeveloped, following the removal of the prefabricated bungalows. Four blocks of flats, a public library block and three shops with flats over.An architect's impression of the way in which The Maltings, Worle, is to be redeveloped, following the removal of the prefabricated bungalows. Four blocks of flats, a public library block and three shops with flats over.

* At the same time, home-building was already increasing. Around 390 homes were being built, and 489 had planning permission but were not yet under construction.

Front Page 7th April 1967 Edition.Front Page 7th April 1967 Edition.

* The ‘biggest deckchair bargain in the country’ was due to be provided in Weston.

Ads 7th April 1967 Edition.Ads 7th April 1967 Edition.

Books with seven tokens in were being offered, meaning people could rent a deckchair for a sixpence.

Ads 7th April 1967 Edition.Ads 7th April 1967 Edition.

The borough council said this made the chairs the cheapest in the country.

In the final of the Blagdon and District Darts League KO cup contest, Prince of Waterloo, Winford, beat Yew Tree, Chew Stoke, by four games to three. The trophy was presented to the winners by Mr. M. Pope of Courage (Western) Ltd.In the final of the Blagdon and District Darts League KO cup contest, Prince of Waterloo, Winford, beat Yew Tree, Chew Stoke, by four games to three. The trophy was presented to the winners by Mr. M. Pope of Courage (Western) Ltd.

* A Weston firm was supplying sea booms to prevent oil pollution reaching beaches after a tanker crashed off the Isles of Scilly.

The choir of Weston British Legion women's section pictured before a party at St John's Hall.The choir of Weston British Legion women's section pictured before a party at St John's Hall.

Around 50 drums of detergent had been requisitioned to fight the pollution if the oil washed up on the town’s beaches.

Winscombe WI Bulb Show.Winscombe WI Bulb Show.

Steam hoses had also been requested, to potentially remove oil from piers, rocks and the sea wall.

* Donkeys were back on the sands at Weston after a dispute between owners came to an end after two weeks. They had disagreed about which of them could use the beach at Uphill for their animals.

* Banwell Parish Council joined mounting opposition to the number of trees being cut alongside the village river.

* Details of where Weston’s new hospital would be built were expected to soon emerge.


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